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Mammoth Film Festival Set

2nd ANNUAL MAMMOTH LAKES FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FILM LINEUP

 MAY 25th – 29th, 2016

Events include Four Gala Screenings plus

In-Person Award Presentation to Iconic Director Joe Dante

Spotlight Screening of Acclaimed documentary Beware the Slenderman

 Los Angeles, CA – April 28, 2016: Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, set in the majestic setting of Mammoth Lakes, California, has announced its line-up of screenings and events for the festival’s second edition. The five-day festival will take place over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 25 -29, 2016, and includes a tribute to legendary director Joe Dante, four Gala events, and narrative and documentary competition sections.

 

2016 Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Sponsors include: Honda, RED Digital Cinema, Panavision, Light Iron, GoPro, Town of Mammoth Lakes, Mono County, Paul and Kathleen Rudder, Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa (preferred lodging partner), Eberle Wines, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Blue Moon, and many others. 

 

The festival will present 14 films in Narrative and Documentary Competition, as well as additional events and special screenings. Gala events include the Opening Night Screening, sponsored by Westin Monaché Resort, and Party for Operation Avalanche, the centerpiece Sierra Spirit Award Presentation to iconic filmmaker Joe Dante, Spotlight Screening of acclaimed documentary Beware The Slenderman, a Gala Closing Night Screening for Sonita, and a closing night Awards Party.

 

Taking place five hours north of Los Angeles by car and thirty minutes south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park, the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival delivers an intimate and unique experience for festivalgoers, filmmakers, and industry guests, with the opportunity to experience screenings and events in a beautiful mountain setting. The festival presents a diverse selection from world premieres to film festival favorites, short film screenings, Q&As, and a Saturday morning Indie cartoon program for children, all taking place over the five days.  The festival will also include nightly gala events that celebrate the excitement and discovery of visionary filmmaking. 

 

“Our excellent film programs this year will thrill audiences and build on our tremendous success from last year. We are a destination film festival for audiences who want to experience the best in cinema while surrounded by the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Mammoth Lakes,” said Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Founder Shira Dubrovner. “I am particularly excited for our Centerpiece Gala, where we will present the first Sierra Spirit Award to legendary Hollywood director Joe Dante, and screen his classic film Innerspace”.

 

“This is our strongest selection yet of exciting and innovative films from around the world. Our mission is to go beyond trends to bring inspired and timeless independent filmmaking undiluted—directly to our audiences,” said Paul Sbrizzi, Director of Programming. 

 

Festival passes and individual tickets are available now.

Ticket sales and additional festival information can be found at: www.MammothLakesFilmFestival.com

 

Discounted lodging through the festival’s lodging partner Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa can be purchased with a 20% discount on by calling in or booking online at http://thesierranevadaresort.com/ CODE – Theater)

 

All screenings and special events will take place in Mammoth Lakes, at venues including the Edison Theatre, the Forest Service Visitor’s Center Theater, the Minaret Cinemas, as well as the Mono Lake Visitor’s Center.

 

For press use only, festival stills can be downloaded here:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B-4pW_JdwJtXWjVjdEdfdTNxSm8&usp=sharing_eid&ts=57224940

 

Narrative and Competition films will be eligible for multiple awards: The winning Documentary Feature receives a RED Scarlet digital camera; Panavision will provide the winning Narrative Feature with a $10,000 USD camera grant for their next project and a two-day color correction session from Light Iron. 

 

An Audience Award will be presented to feature films in both narrative and documentary categories.  Jury Awards will also be presented to short films. The Jury will be comprised of select film industry members, including producer John Fiedler (Serial Mom), Writer/Producer John Wirth (Hell On Wheels), Emmy® Nominated Documentary Filmmaker John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon), Producer Allison Amon (Queen Of Versailles), and Amanda Salazar, Vice President Of Film Acquisitions At Fandor.

 

CURRENT FILM SLATE BELOW:

 

OPENING NIGHT GALA SCREENING & PARTY

Operation Avalanche (USA) – Director: Matt Miller

This engrossing and tantalizing mockumentary takes place in 1967, during the height of the Cold War.  Four undercover CIA agents sent to NASA to pose as a documentary film crew discover one of the biggest conspiracies in American history around the Apollo space landing.  Opening Night Party will include entertainment by Ouroboros Shadow Pictures, an innovative shadow picture company.

 

SPOTLIGHT GALA SCREENING

Beware The Slenderman (USA) – Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky, tells the mesmerizing and shocking story of a Boogeyman lurking on the internet and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. Ms. Taylor Brodsky, who spent innumerable hours with the two girls, their families and friends trying to understand how this tragedy could have happened, will be present for a Q&A immediately following the screening.

*Also in documentary feature competition

 

CENTERPIECE GALA TRIBUTE & SCREENING – HONORING JOE DANTE

On Saturday evening we honor legendary director Joe Dante with our inaugural Sierra Spirit Award. The Sierra Spirit Award is given to an iconic and visionary filmmaker who inspires audiences, breaks boundaries, and has created visionary entertainment that has touched generations. Joe Dante’s tremendous body of work exemplifies storytelling passion and skill. His films include Small Soldiers, Gremlins 1 and 2, and The Howling.  We are proud to present a screening of Mr. Dante’s classic 1987 film Innerspace, followed by a conversation with Mr. Dante. Special guest appearance by actor Robert Picardo (Innerspace, Gremlins 2).

 

CLOSING NIGHT GALA SCREENING & AWARDS PARTY

Sonita (Iran) – Director: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami

The inspiring story of Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. 

*Also in documentary feature competition

 

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

All the Colors Of The Night (Brazil) – Director: Pedro Severin

Iris wakes up in her spacious seafront apartment, discovers a body in the living room and enlists the help of other women, setting off a spiral of redemption in an atmospheric drama of dark imagery and questionable reality.

 

Baby Bump (Poland) – Director: Kuba Czekaj

11-year-old Mickey House is no longer a child. But who is he? He has no clue. He has no friends. He hates what’s happening to his body. Reality and imagination blend together in a toxic mix of encroaching puberty. Growing up is not for kids.

 

Bodkin Ras (Netherlands) – Director: Kaweh Modiri

A young fugitive searches for a nonexistent home, in a small town called Forres, a Scottish town well-hidden between the Highlands and the North Sea. The characters in this town are all real people with traumas whose stories are incorporated into the film script, in which documentary and fiction are blended together.

  

Buddymoon (USA) – Director: Alex Simmons

Flula Borg (Pitch Perfect 2) stars in this buddy-flick comedy. Jilted groom David is convinced by his excitable best man, played by Flula, to continue with his planned honeymoon, a backcountry trek in the mountains of Oregon, in this comedic ode to friendship and the great outdoors.

 

Mad (USA) – Director: Robert Putka

A tragicomedy about a matriarch who passes the point of a nervous breakdown, her two daughters that don’t give a damn, and the heat-seeking missiles of resentment they toss at each other.

 

Last Summer (Italy) – Director: Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli

On a luxury yacht off the coast of Italy, a young mother has four days to leave her son with a lasting memory of her before she loses custody of him for many years. Starring

Academy Award nominated actress, Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim, Babel).

 

On The Rocks (USA, World Premiere) – Directors: Ariel Gardner & Alex Kavutskiy

Dallas struggles to get ahead in life. As he is dealing with his father’s passing he must overcome the day to day obstacles that prevent him from making progress. When he thinks he has taken one step forward he soon will see that he took two steps back.

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

Atlan (Iran)Director: Moeen Karimoddini

Ali is a Turkman horse trainer; horses are his life. His beloved horse Ilhan has won him many prizes. Ali is planning to use Ilhan’s and his other horses’ awards money to pay for his wedding. But not everything goes favorably in the course of events.

 

Beware The Slenderman (USA) – Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky, tells the story of a Boogeyman lurking on the internet and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. Ms. Taylor Brodsky will be present for Q&A.

*Also Spotlight Gala Screening

 

Helmut Berger, Actor (Austria) – Director: Andreas Horvath

A relentless, yet intimate portrait of the legendary actor Helmut Berger who epitomized the exuberant jet set lifestyle of the 70s, and now reigns over a run down two-room apartment at the outskirts of his hometown Salzburg, Austria. The film exposes the brusqueness of his character for what it really is: a cry for attention, closeness and intimacy.

 

Learning To See (USA) – Director: Jake Oelman

A visual feast for the eyes is insect photographer Robert Oelman’s transformational journey to find and document the Amazon’s strangest creatures. Beautifully filmed by his son Jake, Robert’s quest culminates with a New York City gallery show where he finally shares his striking and magical images with the general public.

  

Myrtle Beach (USA) – Directors: Michael Fuller & Neil Rough

Like a darker less whimsical Vernon, Florida, Myrtle Beach profiles a charismatic cast of local eccentrics, survivors and lone wolves against the beauty of this famed resort town.

 

Sonita (Iran) – Director: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami

The inspiring story of Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. 

*Also Closing Night Gala Screening

 

Under The Sun (Russia) – Director: Vitaly Mansky

Despite continuous interference by government handlers, director Vitaly Mansky managed to document life in Pyongyang, North Korea in this fascinating portrait of one girl and her parents as she prepares to join the Korean Children’s Union on the ‘Day Of The Shining Star’ (Kim Jong-Il’s birthday). Even more fascinating than the family’s story, is the behind the scenes manipulations of government operatives.

 

 

About Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, held in the scenic and majestic setting of Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierra of California, brings together world-class cinema, new filmmaking talent, industry veterans, and audiences from around the world to celebrate films amidst the inspiring natural beauty of Mammoth Lakes. Our intent is to unlock the creative mind of the public by providing unique movie-going experiences and also  support emerging filmmakers with the opportunity to be inspired by our natural environment.

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival is proud to partner with sponsors who support the arts and emerging artists.

The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival is under the umbrella of Mammoth Lakes Foundation—the nonprofit founded by Dave McCoy in 1989 (who also founded Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in 1953). Dave McCoy turns 101 years old this August and is excited to be a part of the 2nd annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival.

Additional Information about Mammoth Lakes Film Festival is available at www.MammothLakesFilmFestival.com

 

Cerro Coso Graduates Big Class

Cerro Coso College Graduation held

May 24, 2016
submitted by Julie Faber, Eastern Sierra Foundation


A vibrant future has been granted with the help of the Eastern Sierra Foundation Scholarship to 21 local students who have chosen to create a better life for themselves

On May 6th, 2016, Cerro Coso Community College’s Eastern Sierra College Center celebrated the graduation of the class of 2016. The ceremony was one of the largest ever held at the Bishop campus; over 450 friends and family members were in the audience to show support for the graduates. There were 55 students in the graduating class, 21 of these success stories were on an enrollment and book scholarship from Eastern Sierra Foundation. Graduates not only earned degrees and certificates from 17 different fields, they also boasted transfer destinations such as Stanford, Cal Poly SLO, University of Nevada, Reno, Arizona State, Whitworth, Oregon State, Chico State, Sonoma State, UC San Diego.

Deanna Campbell, Director of ESCC said, “We believe that our community’s future depends on education.”  Eastern Sierra College Center (ESCC) has nearly 600 students split evenly between Bishop and Mammoth campuses. Deanna said, “We have been able to increase the base of the student body by supporting those underrepresented in higher education. Of those that graduated this May, more than half were supported by local scholarships. Each semester, approximately 50 students are fully supported by the Owens Valley Career Development Center, 60 are fully funded by the Eastern Sierra Foundation Scholarship, and nearly 30 are fully funded by the Mammoth Lakes Foundation. Handled strategically, scholarships can make a better life possible for those who live in our community, or want to further their education, so they can come back and thrive.”

This year’s graduating class (both Bishop and Mammoth) is 55% White, 32% Latino, and 13% Native American. However, in Bishop, while Native Americans comprise 13% of the student body, they represent 21% of the Bishop graduating class.

Jeff Griffiths, the current President of Eastern Sierra Foundation expressed, “We’re proud to have 21 graduates this year on the Eastern Sierra Foundation Scholarship.  It is our goal to support successful transitions from high school through college. It is through the ES Foundation support that has allowed more than 1000 Inyo County students to attain higher education and enhance their technical skills. It is our strategy to serve students from all backgrounds and all ages.”


“We are pleased to not only offer these annual scholarships to Inyo County high school students, but also those seeking higher education later in life,” said Executive Board Member, Kim Kost “We are committed to ensuring ESCC students succeed, meet community needs and enhance the prosperity of the County. By offering these scholarships, we provide new students an opportunity to successfully launch their careers at home.”

For over 20 years the Eastern Sierra Foundation (ESF) has been serving potential and current students in Inyo County. Founded with the intention of building the Eastern Sierra College Center, ESF has evolved to pursue and continuously realize its current and exclusive goal: providing full-tuition scholarships for Inyo County residents who wish to pursue a college education. As ESF congratulates the class of 2016 and the achievements of its scholarship recipients, the executive board looks forward to celebrating better outcomes for all our students.

Prospective students may obtain scholarship applications at the Bishop campus in the Admissions and Records Office or at the Counseling Office.  The Scholarship covers all course enrollment fees and up to a maximum of $300 for required text book fees. Applicants must be full-time (enrolled in 12 or more credits) and attend the Bishop Campus of Cerro Coso Community College.

ESF and its scholarships are completely volunteer supported and 100% donation-funded. All contributions go to support scholarships available to any California resident who resides in Inyo County. Anyone wishing to make a donation can make their check payable to the “Eastern Sierra Foundation”, and note “Scholarships” on the memo line.  Checks can be delivered to any member the Eastern Sierra Foundation Board, or checks can be delivered c/o ESF P.O. Box 1145, Bishop, CA 93514

Please contact Jeff Griffiths, ESF President at 760 937-0072 for more information.

Adventure Trails clears another hurdle

Inyo Adventure Trails extension moves forward

Statement from Tom Berryhill
May 24, 2016

Sacramento – Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) announces that Senate Bill 1345, a measure to extend the sunset date of Inyo County’s Off Highway Vehicle Adventure Trails pilot program has passed the Senate by a vote of 25 to 7.

“I am very glad to report the Senate has agreed on the need to extend this pilot program for three more years. It deserves every opportunity to continue,” said Berryhill. “Linking up segments of existing OHV trails so that folks have easy access to the trails makes sense in rural communities and will prevent people from illegally driving on non-trails or private property.”

SB 1345 will extend a pilot program enacted by Assembly Bill 628 (Conway) in 2011. AB 628 established a five-year pilot program that allowed Inyo County to designate specific county streets and roads as combined-use routes for off-highway vehicle uses.  These combine-use highways are used to link existing OHV trails and trailheads or allow drivers to use these trails for easier access to in-town goods and services.

The original pilot program was caught up in an extensive environmental review and public input process.  As a result, only about six- months of data was collected on the three combined-use routes authorized under the program. SB 1345 extends the original program for an additional three years.

The bill now moves to the Assembly.

Cover photo by Gary Young

 

Body Recovered from Crowley Lake

Mono County recovers body from Crowley Lake

May 23, 2016
By Arnie Palu

The Mono County Sheriffs office has released details from a weekend recovery.  According to the Mono County Sheriffs Department the body is presumed to be that of missing La Habra man Juan Manuel Vierheller.  Vierheller was reported missing back on May 13th.  Mono County Sheriffs department statement:

On the morning of Sunday, May 22, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the body of a deceased male was found in Crowley Lake. Mono County Sheriff’s deputies were on scene within minutes and took custody of the deceased person. The body is presumed to be that of missing person Juan Vierheller, who was last seen at Beaver Cove in the early morning of Friday, May 13. The family of the missing person has been notified. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

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American Mule Museum Kick Off Party

Mule Museum Party set for May 27th

May 18, 2016
by Arnie Palu

A dedicated group of volunteers are hosting a kick off party for the American Mule Museum.  Food, libations and live music will be showcased at the party set for 3 to 6pm on Friday, May 27th at the Serventi Villa, located at 187 East Line Street, Bishop.

Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott will provide live music with party goers enjoying delicious western appetizers along with libations including the signature “Sierra Mule” drink.

Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased here at the KIBS/KBOV radio station and at the Bishop Chamber of Commerce.  Tickets are also available on the American Mule Museum website at www.mulemuseum.org

 

Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District pushing Fuel Reduction

MLFPD Encouraging Reduction of Wildland Fire Fuels

May 18, 2016
Submitted by Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District

Now that the winter snows have melted from much of town, the Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District (MLFD) reminds residents of your responsibility to keep your property wildland fire safe. Long term residents are aware of the wildland fire incidence that can occur around town and especially with windy, hot, dry summers. From just about anywhere in town one can see the results of previous fire activity and the scars that have been left behind. In addition, the warmer temperatures are revealing the significant number of dead trees that are located in and around town.

Establishing and maintaining defensible space around our property is all of our responsibilities. We are all part of the team that will protect our community should we find ourselves in the situation of a wildfire threatening town. A well-maintained landscape enhances the beauty and value of any property— and just as importantly, the work serves as a fuel break. The goal is to keep your landscape lean, clean and green. The following steps can reduce your home’s vulnerability from the threat of wildfire and reduce your use of irrigation.

ZONE 1: 30 feet or more adjacent to the home and beyond attachments such as wooden decks.
Within the first 10 feet of the home, use nonflammable landscaping materials (rock, pavers), or low level annuals or perennials less than 18 inches in height. There should be nothing flammable within 10 feet of the home.
Keep this area lightly irrigated and free from dead or dry vegetation, combustible debris, and accumulations of leaf and needle litter. Plants should be carefully spaced, low growing and free of vegetation high in resins, oils, and waxes that burn easily. Mow lawns regularly.
Prune all trees up 1/3 the height of the tree or so the lowest limbs are 10-15 feet from the ground. If adjacent to a structure, prune up to the eave level. Clearance shall be a minimum of 10 feet from chimneys/stovepipes. Keep roof surfaces clear.
Thin out living vegetation 30 to 50% within this zone to decrease fire intensity and continuous path of travel.
Allow space between tops of trees to reduce the risk of crown fire.
Keep firewood stacks/piles at least 30 feet from the home. If this is not possible, from June 1 to September 30, cover entire woodpile with properly secured, fire resistive, California State Fire Marshal tagged tarp.
Water plants and trees as needed to ensure they are healthy. Do not use finely shredded mulch and mulch should be wetted periodically.
Areas around and above propane tanks need to be kept clear of vegetation for 10 feet.

ZONE 2: Approximately 30 to 100 feet from the home (if your property size permits).
Leave approximately 30 feet between clusters of two to three trees, or approximately 20 feet between individual trees. Do not remove more than 1/3 of the crown density.
Limit vegetation that serves as a link between low level vegetation and tree tops (ladder fuels).
Prune trees so branches and leaves are at least 10-15 feet above the ground.
Give yourself added protection with “fuel breaks,” such as gravel walkways, and lawns.
Remove any dead or dying material from yard and break up continuous patches of brush species to slow fire advance and decrease heat productivity.

forest 1
photo provided by MLFPD. Before Fuels reduction work.
forest 2
Photo Provided by MLFPD. After fuels reduction work.

Property owners who are unable to do this work themselves are encouraged to hire a licensed professional who both understand this information and can apply it to the property. MLFD maintains a list of qualified contractors that can perform this work.

Failure to comply with the regulations and clear your property in a timely fashion is not only expensive, but endangers the lives and homes of your neighbors, the community, and the firefighters who protect them.

If you would like more information on this or any other fire safety related matter, please feel free to contact the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department at (760) 934-2300.

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Tioga Road Opening

Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park to Open on Wednesday, May 18

May 18, 2016
Submitted by Yosemite National Park

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for all vehicular traffic tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at noon. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada.

We would like to thank all of our road crews, as well as our partners in Mono County and Caltrans, for all of their hard work in clearing the road for the opening tomorrow,” stated Don Neubacher, Superintendent.” Visitors are urged to travel with caution, as there will be ongoing roadwork and the possibility of ice in some places, especially in the early morning hours.”

Snow and icy conditions may still exist on hiking trails at the higher elevations. Visitors are urged to be prepared for snowy conditions and possible treacherous stream crossings while hiking the back-country in the early season. Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road.  Limited visitor services will be available over the next several weeks.  Additionally, late spring storms may change the status of the road and cause temporary closures. For updated, 24-hour road conditions, please call 209-372-0200 and follow the prompts.

All campgrounds along the Tioga Road remain closed. All commercial services, including the Tuolumne Store, and Village Grill, are also closed.  There are no anticipated opening dates for any of these facilities at this time. The gas station in Tuolumne Meadows is permanently closed and the nearest gas stations are Crane Flat to the west and Lee Vining to the east.

Yosemite National Park celebrated its 125th Anniversary last year and is currently celebrating its Centennial Anniversary with the National Park Service. The park welcomes over four million visitors from all over the world each year and serves as a strong economic engine for the region and local communities. Yosemite National Park generates $535 million in economic benefit to the local region and directly supports 6,261 jobs. The park is home to Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America, and iconic rock formations such as Half Dome and El Capitan. The park also features approximately 90 different species of mammals and over 1500 species of plants.

cover photo provided by Yosemite National Park

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Threat Closes Lone Pine Schools

Email Threat Closes Lone Pine Schools

May 18, 2016
submitted by the Inyo County Sheriffs Department

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified Tuesday afternoon about an email threat to Lone Pine High School. The Sheriff’s Office began immediate investigations and is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and other law enforcement agencies to determine the credibility of the threat.

A decision was made Tuesday evening by school officials and law enforcement to cancel classes and all other school activities (Wednesday, May 18th) at both Lo-Inyo School and Lone Pine High School.

At this time it appears that the threat was isolated to Lone Pine High School. Law enforcement and school officials will continue to work together; students, staff, and the public will be notified when Lo-Inyo School and Lone Pine High School have been reopened.

“The safety of both students and staff is paramount,” stated Inyo County Sheriff, Bill Lutze. “At this time we are unable to disclose the details of the threat due to the ongoing investigation; however, as more information becomes available we will provide follow-up press releases.”

If anyone has information that may be helpful in this case you are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 760-878-0383.

Devils Hole Pupfish vandals identified

Nye County Sheriffs Office locates 3 suspects

May 13, 2016
By Arnie Palu

Law enforcement has tracked down three men suspected of killing an endangered Devil’s Hole Pupfish.  The Nye County Sheriffs Department and National Park Service officers are leading the investigation.  The Nye County Sheriffs Department has released the following details.

SUSPECT(S): SCHWINKENDORF, Steven, 29, Pahrump, NV REYES, Edgar, 35, North Las Vegas, NV SARGENT, Trenton, 26, Indian Springs, NV
Potential Charges : Charges are projected to be taken at the federal level.
Charges include Conspiracy to commit a crime,  killing of an endangered species, destruction of property,
trespassing,  destruction of  habitat, ex‐felon possession of firearm.

DETAILS: A collaborative investigation between the National Park Service andNye County Sheriff’s Office  Scorpion  Task  Force  has  led  to  the  identification of the three suspects involved in the   trespassing  and  property destruction at the Devils Hole section of Death Valley
National  Park.  Suspects Steven SCHWINKENDORF, of Pahrump, Edgar REYES, of North Las Vegas, and Trenton   SARGENT,  of  Indian  Springs  have  all  een interviewed and will be subsequently charged for their  actions which occurred on 04/30/16.

NPS officers contacted a detective with the Scorpion Task Force on 05/02/16 after the  damage  was  discovered.  Subsequent investigation led to the collection of evidence, including  DNA, along with video surveillance. The surveillance footage was viewed, and SGT KLENCZAR of  the  NCSO  was able  to  investigate  and locate the off road vehicle seen in the video. The vehicles’  owner was identified as SCHWINKENDORF, and detectives from both agencies made contact  with  SCHWINKENDORF  for  an  interview, during which more information was obtained.

REYES was contacted by phone, stated that the subject in the video was indeed him, and  directed further questions to his attorney.
SARGENT was also contacted by phone and interviewed. Based on the investigation of the  crime  scene  and  the  interviews  with  the  suspects, investigators determined the threesome had  been  drinking  and  out  shooting  rabbits  when  they  came  to  Devil’s  Hole.  They jumped the fence  of  the  clearly  marked  protected  area,  nd in the course of their unlawful visit destroyed an  electronic sensor by shooting it with a shotgun, damaged two surveillance cameras, and  rammed  and  shot  two  gates  causing  damage.   Their unlawful visit ultimately culminated with at  least  one  of  the  suspects  stripping  off  their  clothes  and  entering  the  water  of  Devils Hole. The  suspect(s)  in  the  water  stomped  around  the  shelf area of the critical ecosystem before  swimming  around  the  deeper  water,  leaving  behind  a  pair  of  dirty  underwear  when  finished.

In addition to the gates and cameras, a large sign near Devils Hole was shot multiple times  with  a  shotgun.  Assessments  of  the  financial loss are still being conducted, but will be felony in  nature. The intrusion is believed to have resulted in the death of at least one endangered Devils  Hole  Pupfish,  and  fisheries  biologists are trying to ascertain the extended damage that may  have been done to food sources and egg sites which could lead to more loss of a species who’s  numbers  are  now  below  the  last  count of 115 in existence. The killing of an endangered species  is a felony crime.

Other charges including trespassing,  damage  to  habitat,  and  conspiracy will be added.  Additionally, it is believed that at least one of the suspects is a convicted felon making it illegal  to  possess  or  be  in  involvement  with others possessing a gun. The NCSO and NPS would like to  thank all of the people who called in with information and helped
keep  the case active.
cover photo by the Nevada Fish and Wildlife Department, Olin Feuerbacher
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Home Street Students of the Month

Home Street names April Students of the Month

May 11, 2016
submitted by Home Street Middle School

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Home Street Middle School is proud to announce their April
Students of the Month. Selections are based on academic success or improvement, community service, effort, positive attitude, or excellent citizenship. The following students were presented with a certificate to be displayed on the Wall of Fame.

Students of the Month

Shelbi Sapp
Dakota Reynolds
Juan Martinez
Emily Motley
Billy McKinzey
Scott Hennarty
Bodie Bedore
Nicole Emmert
Hugo Santana
Ezra Rambeau
Kayla Jackson
Carlos Rodriges-Gonzalez
Kayden Rinehart
Tyler Hembree
Zachary Mojarro